A residents’ group has known as President Rodrigo Duterte’s consideration to the anomalies taking place inside the Climate Change Commission (CCC), which they blamed on Vice Chairperson Vernice Victorio’s abuse of power.
In a three-page letter despatched to Duterte on June 29, the residents’ group Matatag na Kilusang Pagbabago known as Victorio’s management “like the Marawi tragedy” as a result of the infighting she brought about has led to the CCC’s failure to perform a few of its very important features, such because the disbursement of the P2-billion People’s Survival Fund.
According to the group, Victorio has been throwing her weight across the company by claiming that she was being protected by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, whom she reportedly describes as her boyfriend.
Citing her supposed ties with Medialdea, Victorio has allegedly been claiming she has “blanket authority from the President.” She additionally used her place to appoint Tecson So Lim, the motive force of her long-time associate, as performing Commission Secretary, Legal Chief Counsel, Head of the Commission Secretariat, Deputy Executive Director and Project Manager.
Like Victorio, the residents’ group stated Lim has been claiming that he has blanket authority from Duterte, and has been bragging to different companies about being “sobrang malakas ako sa Presidente at kina Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea at Secretary Bong Go.”
“Lim is more arrogant than his bosses in running the Commission,” the group stated.
As a results of Victorio’s failure of management, the residents’ group stated the CCC is mired in infighting, with the commissioners preventing over travels, perks, initiatives and cash.
Victorio’s associate, Tony Abaya, has additionally threatened officers and consultants for following the principles.
“The principle of collegiality in decision making is no longer respected. The result is chaos at all levels as division chiefs and employees are forced to take sides,” the group stated.
But essentially the most obtrusive proof of Victorio’s incompetence is the CCC’s failure to disburse the P2-billion People’s Survival Fund to susceptible communities and native authorities models, as mandated by regulation.
The Philippines has additionally failed to acquire a grant from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund.
To resolve the controversies hounding the CCC, the residents’ group urged Duterte to appoint a vice chair “with integrity, who can make good decisions and honorably represent the country and its interests to the global community.”
“Your alter ego during this time of crisis must be a complete package of interdisciplinary knowledge, technical expertise, institutional and resource management,” it stated.
The group additionally urged the President to settle for the courtesy resignations of CCC commissioners in order that the company might be “returned to a stable state.”